Pursue Your Pork Passion contest rules

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Pork Passion Pursuit Contest
Official Rules


The Pork Passion Pursuit Contest (the “Contest”) begins February 11, 2013 at 9:01 am Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends April 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm ET (“Contest Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older. Employees of the National Pork Board (“Sponsor”), Weber Shandwick, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate families (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. . The information you provide will only be used to administer this Contest and award prizes, unless you opt-in to receive commercial email messages from Sponsor, in which event your information will also be used for that purpose.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, visit porkbeinspired.com and follow the directions provided to enter the Contest by completing the entry form, indicating which category (“Category”) you are entering (Traveler, Tailgater, Foodie, Parent/Host or Lifestyler) and submitting your written Pork Passion Pursuit Request describing your dream Pork-inspired experience in 3,500 characters or less (collectively, an “Entry”). You will then have the option of uploading a photo inspired by your Pork Passion Pursuit Request. Photo submission is optional (“Optional Photo”) and is not required to receive an entry. Submitting an Optional Photo will not increase your chances of winning.

All Entries must be received by April 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm ET to be considered. Submission of erroneous or incomplete information will void the submitted Entry. Except as otherwise provided herein, Sponsor will not enter into any correspondence with an entrant regarding an Entry. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void. Limit one (1) Entry per person and per email address per Category throughout the Contest Period. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the above-stated limitation will be void. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

Entry and/or any Optional Photo may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • appears to duplicate any other submitted Entries;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Entry and/or any Optional Photo must: (i) be the original work of the entrant, (ii) not have been previously published, must not have won previous awards, and (iii) not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry and/or any Optional Photo contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry and/or any Optional Photo, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry and/or any Optional Photo by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry and/or any Optional Photo. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void.

By submitting an Entry and/or any Optional Photo, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry and/or any Optional Photo consent to the submission and use of the Entry and/or any Optional Photo in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. By submitting an Entry and/or any Optional Photo, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry and/or any Optional Photo to be posted on www.porkbeinspired.com or other Sponsor websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entry and/or any Optional Photo by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and/or any Optional Photo and may remove any posted Entry and/or any Optional Photo at any time and for any reason whatsoever.

JUDGING: On or about April 15, 2013, a panel of qualified judges will judge all eligible Entries received for each Category based on the following criteria: compelling nature of story/request (25%), originality (25%), adherence of theme/Category selected (25%) and passion for experience as related to pork (25%). The one (1) Entry from each Category with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Grand Prize Winner for the applicable Category. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the Grand Prize Winner(s) for the applicable Category(s) based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries for any Category. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential Grand Prize Winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or email and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by Sponsor, which must be returned to and received by Sponsor within ten (10) days of date appearing on the winner notification. Return of notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of Sponsor to contact a potential Grand Prize Winner within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Official Rules by a potential Grand Winner will result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate potential Grand Winner for the applicable Category may be notified. If a potential Grand Winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her state of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on Grand Prize Winners set forth herein.

GRAND PRIZES (5): A Pork Passion Pursuit experience as described in Grand Prize Winner’s Entry (“Prize Experience”).  Prize Experience will be coordinated by Sponsor and shall not exceed $5,000. Maximum Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of Grand Prize: $5,000.00 each. Maximum Total ARV for all prizes: $25,000.00.

Limit one (1) Prize Experience per person. Prize Experiences are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Grand Prize Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer Prize Experience (or any portion thereof) or redeem Prize Experience for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a Prize Experience (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Grand Prize Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with Prize Experience acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. All Prize Experience details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion, including but not limited to dates of Prize Experience and portions and/or activities of the Prize Experience that will be included. Prize Experience awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Weber Shandwick and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the foregoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded Prize Experience (including any travel/activity related thereto); and (c) to the use of his/her name, photograph, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor, its designees and its licensees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. By participating, entrants also agree not to release any publicity or other materials on their own or through any third party regarding their participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the Sponsor, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.

LICENSE FOR USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry and/or any Optional Photo, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant, Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Entry and/or any Optional Photo and all elements of such Entry and/or any Optional Photo, including, without limitation, the likenesses of any individuals or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the Prize Experiences, the cancellation or postponement of the Contest, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determined the potential Grand Prize Winner(s) for the Category(s) at issue from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries for the Category(s) at issue the received prior to termination using the judging procedure outlined above. Should multiple users of the same e-mail account enter the Contest and a dispute arises regarding the identity of the entrant, the authorized account holder of said e-mail account at the time of Entry will be deemed the entrant and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider or other organization, which is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK ANY AND ALL AVAILABLE REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any Prize Experiences awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the entrant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of Iowa.

REQUEST FOR WINNERS’ NAMES: For the names of the winners (available after May 1, 2013), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by July 1, 2013 to: Pork Passion Pursuit Contest, Weber Shandwick, 875 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL  60611.

SPONSOR: The National Pork Board, PO Box 9114, Des Moines, Iowa 50306.